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Chaucer amuses us and Shakespeare moves us and Donne charms us, but among English poets none towers over us quite as John Milton does. From his revolutionary ethical absolutism to his grand, soaring poetic settings, Milton’s verse challenges the reader in ways that are genuinely unique. Gordon Teskey of Harvard University joyfully sounds the heights and the depths of Milton’s poetic universe in his aptly titled recent book The Poetry of John Milton, and the journey through this great body of British poetry is not to be missed.

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